COSB20: Contemporary Japanese Society

Study contemporary Japan! This course examines contemporary Japanese society, focusing on issues such as politics, pop culture, demographic change and environment. We go beyond media stereotypes and internet cliches to get a deeper understanding of what Japan is and where it's going.

This course provides you with basic knowledge of key issues of present-day Japanese society.

The focus is on post-Cold War Japan, with special emphasis on the period after the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear accident in 2011. Apart from discussing a number of critical issues, we also highlight the interrelationship of these issues and problems.  In order to understand, for example, the debate about Japan as an aging society with low fertility, it is necessary to understand the Japanese position with regard to immigration, gender and hi-tech robotics.

In the course we also address more conventional issues affecting society. The topics discussed include the success of the Liberal Democratic party that has led the country since 1945 and Japan's role and status in an increasingly uncertain East Asian region and on the global arena.

Fall 2020

Course code: COSB20
Credits: 7.5 ECTS credits

Cycle: First Cycle 
Language of instruction: English

Study venue: Lund
Rate of study: Full time (100%)
Teaching hours: Daytime
Study period 2020: 2020-11-02 – 2020-12-01

Entry requirements: General admission requirements as well as previously higher education studies of at least 30 credits. English 6/B.

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